Jun 2, 2024 - News

🏓 Grab your paddle

pickleball courts at freedom park in Dilworth

Pickleball courts at Freedom Park in Dilworth. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

It's no secret that pickleball is arguably Charlotte's new favorite outdoor pastime. You can find it all over town, from free public courts to swanky private facilities.

A few to check out:

  • Mecklenburg County-owned courts at parks such as Latta, Enderly, Freedom, Pearl Street and Carmel Road. You can reserve courts online.
  • Rally, an indoor-outdoor pickleball facility with a restaurant and bar. It's become a popular hangout since opening last year at the corner of Old Pineville Road and Southside Drive in LoSo.
  • Private gyms like Life Time Fitness, which has pickleball clinics and drop-in leagues.
  • The top floor of the Hayes parking deck in Ballantyne (11405 North Community House Rd.). It has two new pickleball courts open to the public and free to use daily.
  • Charlotte Athletic Club, which recently got a $2 million facelift, including a new name (One Athletics) and Uptown's first pickleball courts.

And one big spot to look forward to:

  • Tipsy Pickle will open a 35,000-square-foot facility at Camp North End this fall with six pickleball courts, three bars and a Tex-Mex menu.

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